Hollywood tallies its box office take for Thanksgiving as a Wed-Sunday haul.
With most new releases actually opening Tuesday night. Except for “Robin Hood,” which had paid “sneak previews” Monday evening as well.
Basically, a whole week counts as a “weekend,” then. Yeah. Well.
I wasn’t nuts about “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Disney’s repetitive sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph.” But it’s heading towards $100 million over five days, thanks to a huge $18 million haul Wed. Deadline.com is projecting a $94 million weekend, but as they habitually underestimate kids’ pictures, that should be a tad low. Overall, reviews for “Ralph” the sequel were good enough that they won’t hurt it at the box office.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is having a very good second weekend and a good (not as good as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) five-day, in the mid-$70s, which will allow it to hold second place this weekend.
A third crowd-please/ticket seller is “Creed II,” which I found to be a recycled drag. An $11 million Tuesday night/Wednesday points toward it hitting the high $50s, maybe $60 million when all the counting is done. “Creed” opened on a Thanksgiving weekend to $29 million, just a couple of years ago. “Brand” is everything, with audiences craving movie comfort food (the familiar, “I’ve already seen this and wouldn’t mind seeing it some more.”).
“The Grinch” will manage another $35-38 million over this holiday, “Bohemian Rhapsody” another $18-19.
“Robin Hood” opening basically Monday will help this piffle on a plate reach $18 million.
“Green Book” is doing a middling $6-7 million in platformed release. Oscar expectations will drive that one into the black, with any luck. I’ll be very disappointed in you if you skip this one.